New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, released in 2014, is an anthology of critical essays which examine various aspects of the 48-year history of Star Trek in the four-color realm. It features essays from notable Trek scribes like Robert Greenberger, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Scott Tipton, David A. McIntee, and Hugo- and Nebula Award winner David Gerrold, as well as many others (click the link above for a complete list).
It is eligible for a Hugo Award nomination in the Best Related Work category, which states: “Any work related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year, and which is either non-fiction or, if fictional, is noteworthy primarily for aspects other than the fictional text, and which is not eligible in any other category.”
Please consider giving it a nod.
Here’s what some people have said about it:
“There are 300 pages of thoughtful opinions and entertaining commentary on nearly fifty years of Star Trek comics.” — Mark Martinez, TrekMovie.com. (Full disclosure: Mark contributed an essay about Star Trek manga.)
“New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics examines the long history of Star Trek in the four-colour realm, featuring insightful essays from popular Star Trek comic scribes and novelists, as well as other experts.” — John Freeman, DownTheTubes.Net.
“But – New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics did one thing, it finally interested me in what was out there when it came to Trek comics. The book was not a gushing tribute to the wonderful comics over the years as one might have expected, but a realistic assessment of them, pointing out the flaws as well as the positive things about them.” — TrekToday.com
“New Life and New Civilizations, a collection of essays on the history of Star Trek comics, is […] an essential read for fans of series. It is not however, a slavish adoration of all things Trek. Several authors are prepared to cast a very critical eye over the material. [Contributor] Cody Walker even goes so far as to call one Trek comic ‘pure blasphemy’.” — Alastair Savage, Amazing Stories Magazine
“New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics is most enjoyable. Definitely worth checking out.” — Comic scribe Tony Isabella
“This is a wonderful compilation of images, interviews, information, and personal observations revolving around the rich history of STAR TREK, created by Gene Roddenberry, in its various and extensive comics interpretations over the decades.” — Comic book artist Jerome K. Moore
“In a word, New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics is Awesome! It’s everything I was hoping for, and – more. This amazingly-researched, lovingly-written anthology takes us on a journey into every aspect of Star Trek comics.” — Lt. Eric Cone, VisionaryTrek.com
And, of course, there’s this NSFW guy who seems to be enjoying it, but be warned: the blog is called Naked Men Reading, and is EXACTLY what it says.
But you don’t have to take my word for it, or even theirs. Any eligible World Science Fiction Society members interested in receiving a review PDF of the book, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or shoot me a tweet at @JFBerenato.
Thank you for your consideration!